Alternative History: Constance Markievicz Gets A Sex Change
for Rhona McCord
“97 years ago people lost their lives in that park over there.
Constant Markievicz gave up his life to enable enable us
to eradicate suppression, taxation, addiction, criminality…”
Tom D’Arcy of Direct Democracy Ireland
Truth is, Joe, I have it on good authority
that fella Constant Markievicz, was shot
by the British in the park across the road.
Secretly buried on the moon by people
with names that, to me, sound
homosexual. While I have you, that man
on the ventilator in Johannesburg
isn’t Nelson Mandela but an imposter
installed by the same shower who want
to bring euthanasia to Ireland.
We’ve reached the stage, Joe, in this country,
which fellas like Constant Markievicz fought
and died over, if a man has the audacity
to tell the people what’s really going on,
or even what’s not, Special Branch
take daily cum-shots of his Facebook page
and file them away for later use.
Get the Minister on here, Joe.
And when he denies it, you’ll know
the truth I speak.
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Kevin Higgins facilitates poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre and teaches creative writing at Galway Technical Institute. He is also Writer-in-Residence at Merlin Park Hospital and the poetry critic of the Galway Advertiser. He was a founding co-editor of The Burning Bush literary magazine and is co-organiser of Over The Edge literary events in Galway City. His first collection of poems The Boy With No Face was published by Salmon in February 2005 and was short-listed for the 2006 Strong Award. His second collection, Time Gentlemen, Please, was published in March 2008 by Salmon. His work also features in the generation defining anthology Identity Parade – New British and Irish Poets (Ed Roddy Lumsden, Bloodaxe, 2010). Frightening New Furniture, his third collection of poem, was published in 2010 by Salmon Poetry. Kevin has read his work at most of the major literary festivals in Ireland and at Arts Council and Culture Ireland supported poetry events in Kansas City, USA (2006), Los Angeles, USA (2007), London, UK (2007), New York, USA (2008), Athens, Greece (2008); St. Louis, USA (2008), Chicago, USA (2009), Denver, USA (2010), Washington D.C (2011), Huntington, West Virginia, USA (2011), Geelong, Australia (2011), Canberra, Australia (2011), St. Louis, USA (2013), Boston, USA (2013) & Amherst, Massachusetts (2013). In November and December 2013 Kevin also read his work in Basel, Switzerland and Phoenix & Tucson, Arizona. Mentioning The War, a collection of his essays and reviews was published in April 2012 by Salmon. Mentioning The War has been described by Clare Daly T.D as “a really good and provocative read. It will jolt you; it will certainly touch you; make you laugh; maybe make you snarl a little bit as well, depending on where you come from or what your background is.” Kevin’s poetry has been translated into Greek, Turkish, Spanish, Italian, Japanese & Portuguese. The Ghost In The Lobby is Kevin’s fourth collection of poetry will be launched early Spring 2014.